Monday, August 22, 2011

Hotel Deals for San Francisco

Act now for some great deals on hotels in San Francisco. The first deal is a Living Social Escape and only has one day left to purchase. For $139 for a weeknight stay or $169 for a weekend, you can stay at the new boutique hotel da Vinci Villa located in the Marina District near Russian Hill. The deal includes a stay for two in a deluxe room, a 25% discount to the hotel's CaffĂ© Como and a bottle of wine.

The second deal is from Historic Hotels of America® which is featuring special fall packages on historic hotels in San Francisco. Book your stay at their website through September 30 and receive a one-year family membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic Hotels of America® is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hotels that participate in this program must "have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance." Participating hotels are the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Omni San Francisco, and the Palace Hotel.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's A Belated Blogiversary

Petite L'Amour
Photo courtesy of  El.lE Photography. Petite L'Amour by El.lE Photography.

Well, I've been writing this blog for over three years now. At times I've been way better at posting than others. I say I'll change my ways and post more, but then I drop off. I'm hoping that this post will continue my recent streak of posting. I now work out of my home, so having the freedom and flexibility that comes with that should allow me to post more. There's a lot of work that goes into some of the posts, as I have to research information and check websites to make sure links work and so on. Then, there's finding the right pictures to accompany my posts, not to mention the inspiration to write. Hopefully, you will be seeing more from me as I enter my fourth year writing this blog. If you are a regular reader, or even if this is your first time, let me know what posts you like or what things you might like to see more of. So, to everyone reading this and my blog, thank you. Have a cupcake, on me. Happy Blogiversary!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tickets Purchased and Planning in Progress

Finally, an opportunity has come up to return to California. I haven't been since January 2010 and this trip can't come soon enough. Hopefully, by going in late September the weather will be great. My last trip to California was marred by rain, rain, and more rain. The only benefit to all of the rain was all of the rainbows it produced.
Rainbow over San Francisco Bay

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Pacific Coast Highway iPhone App and Contest and GuideGecko put out a new iPhone app this week. To celebrate, they  have a contest running until August 31. Simply download the app and answer three questions via this link.

One lucky person will win a free night along the Pacific Coast Highway in Carmel at Vagabond's House Inn, a favorite of the writer's of Additionally, if you travel between January and March 2012, the Inn will throw in a second night as part of the prize.

The app features over 200 hand-picked accommodation suggestions and reviews along the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Diego. All reviews are written by award-winning travel writers Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey.

The app is available immediately in the iTunes App Store for the introductory price of $0.99, and can be downloaded from